Wonder if anyone has successfully done this:
I want to add an Asus router behind the Livebox Play to take advantage of the more comprehensive features of the Asus (VPN, powerful wifi, etc.). Is it possible to use Livebox Play in a pure “modem” mode, with the DHCP being served by the Asus?
Just turn everything off on the Livebox, attach it to the Asus by a Cat 5/6 cable and the Livebox disappears from your home LAN - the Asuz does everything. As Paul says it can do all the DHCP stuff etc. I’ve a similar set up two 4G routers behind a load balancing box, all my LAN sees is the load balancer, the routers are just the interface to the 4G network, as would you Livebox be to ADSL of fibre or whatever you’ve got.
I don’t know Mat. Can you plug a phone line straight into a router. I’ve never tried. I’d say there’s some weird network specific stuff. I’ve done a 192.168.1.1 on carrier supplied boxes before but I haven’t fiddled with any WAN settings.
Pretty certain Fritz! have a router with a built-in VOIP ATA so you can plug a phone in.
I had a Zyxel xDSL router plugged in to the Orange phone line briefly when the line was initially configured but then discovered the only way to get VDSL was to take the TV package and, at that point, decided I might as well set up the set-top box and using the Livebox as the modem was the route of least pain.
Just an addendum on this - as I said I wouldn’t know about a specific model but the Asus won’t have “a more powerful radio” as the maximum output power is set in the regulations - but it might have better antennae, or use techniques such as beam forming to improve coverage and throughput.
I use my live box for everything in the house except for things that have geo restrictions, ie BBC Iplayer and other similar services. For those i have attached a mini router with a VPN, it gets its ip from the live box and happily uses its own DHCP for the VPN attached devices.
The mini router is intended for trips and remote use but works perfectly well for my needs.
Pic attached shows the live box on the right and the yellow box is the mini router with the VPN running on it.
To Peter Jackson,
Interesting post as it is what want to do. A few questions:
What is the model/supplier of the mini router?
Did you configure it or did come already with a VPN loaded?
Do you use your telephone attached to the Livebox?
Which Livebox is it?
Thanks and Regards.
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